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Jangaon: This homemaker lets rangoli convey messages

Jangaon: Anyone who discounts Rangoli an ancient and traditional Indian art form that embodies beauty and auspiciousness as an irrelevant and passé in the age of gadgets and graphics, Pedy Kusuma, a homemaker and mother of a 12-year-old child who hails from Jangaon town, has an answer to prove them wrong.

Such is her artistry. Rangoli may not be popular with the Millennials (those who were born between 1981 and 1996) to which she belongs to, however, Kusuma has been getting accolades from all walks of life. What makes her Rangoli special, her theme and its portrayal. All that she needs is an empty floor and colourful powders to come up with a message-oriented Rangoli.

It all started when she was young watching her brother Chanda Praveen Kumar drawing beautiful pictures on paperboard. She wanted to repeat it but in a different way. Then came the idea of drawing pictures through Rangoli. After she got married to Peddi Nagaraju, a businessman, Kusuma had to put a stop to her pastime. But her penchant for Rangoli never diminished.

It was her husband who noticed her passion for Rangoli and encouraged her to revive her pastime. She began her Rangoli by drawing the eight forms of Goddess Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari. Since then she came up with many Rangoli arts depicting reformers, famous leaders, environment, national festivals and women empowerment. In last years, Kusuma produced more than 100 Rangolis, all with a message. She had won many State and district level prizes.

Her recent Rangoli that depicted the gruesome incident in which a nine-month-old infant was molested and murdered in Hanamkonda had received appreciation from all quarters. The Rangoli appealing for saving environment by planting saplings had also drew huge appreciation.

Speaking to The Hans India, Kusuma said: "It gives immense satisfaction. Although it's difficult to eke out some time out of the family commitments, I am making every minute count to pursue my love for Rangoli." Kusuma on Saturday came up with a Rangoli depicting Bathukamma festival and its ambience in green environs.

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